Monday, 7 January 2013
150 Not Out For Yorkshire
Yorkshire County Cricket Club, one of the most successful cricket clubs in the world, celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2013.
To mark the year, the club has planned several commemorative events beginning with the Sesquicentennial Soirée on Tuesday January 8 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (built on the site of the former Adelphi Hotel, where the club was established) - 150 years to the day the club was formed in 1863.
The evening, hosted by BBC Look North’s host Harry Gration, will showcase some of the great memories that are ingrained in the club’s DNA over the past 150 years. Guests will enjoy readings and a question and answer forum from some distinguished guests including club president and former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott, former England captain Michael Vaughan and current Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.
“History and tradition is what Yorkshire cricket is all about,” said president Geoffrey Boycott.
“We have achieved so many great things over the years, success is part of our fabric and I hope in our anniversary year we can write our own little piece of history.
“Our first event of the year should be a great function as we look back on the magical moments that have made this club so successful over the years. It is also important that the current squad, who will be in attendance, gain an understanding of our history and this event will give them a sense of education of what it means to play for Yorkshire.”
After gaining promotion to the top-flight of English cricket at the end of last season and reaching the T20 Champions League tournament for the first time, the Tykes are hoping that 2013 will be a season to remember with the aim of progress in all forms of the game.
“It is vitally important to be back amongst the elite of English cricket in our 150th year,” added executive chairman Colin Graves.
“It is a goal we set ourselves, when we got relegated in 2011, and after achieving promotion last season we are rightfully back in the first division.
“Under Martyn (Moxon) and Jason (Gillespie), we are building a squad that is capable of matching it against the best clubs in the country and I have every confidence in them and the players that 2013 could be a special year for the club both on and off the field.”
To check out Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s plans during its 150th year click here.